Her aunt didn't (a)/ give me (b)/ a minute of peace (c)/No error (d).

This question of finding error came into my semester exam, the answer is in part (c) but i didn't get any error in it, Kindly tell me whether this phrase is correct "a minute of peace".

  • It should likely read "peace for one minute". Although (c) is certainly used idiomatically over here in the UK.
    – Gary
    Commented Nov 23, 2017 at 9:04

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I fail to see any error. Other versions include, "a minute's peace," "a moment's peace" and "a moment of peace." Don't give your teacher a minute of peace until you get an explanation.

(This probably doesn't qualify as an answer, but I'm not yet allowed to post comments.)

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    It's impossible to know what the test creator was thinking, but an Ngram comparison of "a minute's peace" versus "a minute of peace" suggests that the former is considerably more common. But relative idiomatic popularity doesn't resolve into an error/no error dichotomy, so I agree with your conclusion.
    – Sven Yargs
    Commented Nov 25, 2017 at 20:51
  • Looks like an answer to me, mine would've been very similar if I'd seen the question earlier but the point @SvenYargs makes about frequency of use is also valid. Perhaps that is why the OP's tutor thinks that it is wrong.
    – BoldBen
    Commented Nov 26, 2017 at 6:04

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